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Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Telling Gods Sanction: Storytelling in the Narrative Journalism, Memoirs, and Creative Nonfiction of Rick Bragg
Author:   Jennifer Nicole Sias
College:   Liberal Arts
Degree Program:   Humanities, M.A.
Degree:   Master of Arts
Committee Director:   Dr. Shirley Lumpkin
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   23 April 2003

Self-described paid-storyteller and Pulitzer-Prize-winning-narrative-journalist, Rick Bragg has used the storytelling techniques he learned from his people to write two best-selling memoirs that redefine the boundaries of the genres of memoir and creative nonfiction. His speakerly texts combine the voices of the working class of the Alabama foothills of Appalachia, his own voice as a member of this culture, and his narrative journalistic voice. In his works, Bragg has managed not only to carve a place for the voice of the working class, but also to celebrate and preserve the oral culture, history, and beautiful language of his people, the working class.  

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